In Pictures

Week in pictures: 9-15 August 2014

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world this week.

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Image caption Sali Riza Grancina performs the winning dive from the Ura e Shenjte bridge during the traditional annual high diving competition, near the town of Gjakova, south of the Kosovan capital Pristina.
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Image caption The UN declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance by Islamic State militants in the north. The UN had estimated that tens of thousands of people, most from the Christian and Yazidi religious minorities, were besieged on Mount Sinjar after being forced to flee their homes.
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Image caption A man covered in coloured powders looks at others out of frame as they celebrate the Festival of Colors in Madrid, Spain. The festival is based on the Hindu spring festival Holi.
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Image caption Pope Francis welcomes journalists aboard the flight to Seoul en route to South Korea for a five-day visit. It is his first trip to Asia since he became pontiff in March 2013.
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Image caption A poster of the painting Sistine Madonna by Raphael is seen on the outside of the Semper gallery in Dresden, Germany, during renovation works that are scheduled to be finished by 2017.
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Image caption Mo Farah had to battle to win back his European 10,000m title as his fellow Briton Andy Vernon (left) snatched a silver medal in Zurich, Switzerland. The 31-year-old double world and Olympic champion will have the chance to win another gold in the 5,000m on Sunday.
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Image caption Visitors try to escape the waves caused by a tidal bore surging past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
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Image caption People watch as Indian schoolgirls demonstrate self-defence techniques learnt from Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Ballaharwal, near the India-Pakistan border. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.
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Image caption The US actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life at his California home, police have confirmed. Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting. President Barack Obama was among the many who paid tribute to the star.
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Image caption The night sky has been illuminated by what appears to be a much bigger and brighter Moon. The so-called "supermoon" occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to earth, known as a perigee full moon